Fr Rebello further continues to state,”Instead of raising the issue of his struggle for ‘special status for Goa’ in the Assembly on this day, something is attributed to him which never belonged to him. I can state without any hesitation that Matanhy always held that Dabolim airport should be retained as the only international airport in Goa. Those who say that Dabolim airport will be retained even after Mopa comes into being were only fooling the people.”
Fr Eremito statements in the local newspaper, raises serious questions on the shocking declaration made by Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar in the Goa Assembly that he and Matanhy had discussed the issue of the Dabolim and Mopa airport, and understood the need for Mopa airport and also agreed with it. “Matanhy too supported Mopa,” expressed Parrikar.